“It’s very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find creative solutions to problems.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
Feeling burned out with the holiday hustle and bustle? Try these ways to recharge your batteries….
Create Your Own Spa Day – When you’re pressed on time and money, create your own spa environment to relax in. Pamper yourself with a bubble bath, a homemade facial, and aromatherapy. Your muscles and mind will begin to unwind with a nice long hour to yourself in the bathtub.
Have a Movie Night – Grab your significant other, a couple of your closest friends, or just have your own one-person party. Pop in your favorite movie and enjoy your favorite snack while you relax in your jammies. It’s a rewarding thing to simply stop and be still on your couch after a long week (or more) of stress and strain.
Enjoy a Coffee Date – A delicious brew or intricate-flavored latte will definitely do the trick to recharge your batteries after the holiday hustle and bustle. Invite a friend and chill at a coffee shop for some much needed down time and tasty java. It’s a fun way to enjoy stimulating conversation, and equally stimulating beverages, in a low-stress environment.
Take a Drive – Sometimes the best way to clear your mind is to take a drive. Even if it’s just a ten minute drive through a back road, it can help you recharge mentally. With the radio up loud or just listening to the sound of the wind, you can take a mental load off while you enjoy the scenery. Driving is already like a form of meditation, the way our brains go on autopilot and we zone out during long stretches of highway. Without the tension of rushing to any particular destination, you’ll be free to let your own thoughts rule the territory.
Breakfast in Bed – Sleeping in is a great way to begin a day of refreshing yourself. Sweeten this rewarding to way to recharge by making it a bed and breakfast type of morning. If you have the luxury, enlist your spouse or boyfriend to do the cooking. Enjoy a comfortable morning in bed with eggs, bacon, toast, and pancakes—whatever you see fit for the menu. It’s not something you can do every day, so savor every bite in the comfort of your own bed. A relaxing way to start the day!
About Alex Blackwell
Alex Blackwell is the author of Letting Go: 25 True Stories of Peace, Hope and Surrender, which includes 10 free Peace and Balance tools.
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